Workshops, Seminars & Programs

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Toby Martin Workshop on the Collaborative Process in Cross-Cultural Music
29 April, Sydney
Toby Martin, together with his collaborators on ‘Songs from Northam Avenue’, will host a workshop at Carriageworks. The one-hour workshop will offer a relaxed environment in which to ask questions about the residency, project and collaborative process behind the album.

Statement of Attainment in Arts Business
Ongoing until – 19 June, Sydney
A practical, hands on introduction to business which has been tailored to people with an arts background

DCA Grant Writing Masterclass
29 April, Perth
In partnership with Artsource, a free one day grant writing workshop for Artsource members at the King Street Arts Centre.

Signature Works – Innovation Lab 2017
Applications close 1 May
Expressions of interests are now open to participate in an immersive four day residential Innovation Lab in May 2017. The Lab will offer an entirely Indigenous creative space with hope to strengthen future Indigenous signature works and embolden artists with strong ideas and innovative work.

Conservatorium Open Academy
1 May – 23 June,  Sydney
A variety of eight week short courses for adults on a range of topics including singing, how to join a jazz ensemble or how to compose your own music!

APRA AMCOS Presents Meet The Locals
2 – 4 May, Queensland
A workshop for musicians living in Mackay, Townsville and Cairns regions who want to learn skills about releasing their own music and how to make the most of an APRA membership.

Music and Law
3 May, Sydney
A workshop about protecting copyright, managing royalties and understanding licensing in the music industry.

Music Tech Summit
4 May, Sydney
Junkee Media co-founder Tim Duggan will moderate the panel of speakers, comprised of several leaders and influencers across music and technology.

Midsumma Futures
Applications close 9 May

Midsumma Futures will provide the opportunity for today’s generation of queer early-career artists – in the first 10 years of their practice–to advance their vocation, deepen their practice, gain exposure and lead the future of queer culture.

Starting Ground
11 – 12 May
A workshop for up-and-coming Aboriginal songwriters and musicians who are keen to develop their creative and business skills at a free two-day workshop in Byron Bay.

The Fundamentals of Fundraising Workshops
10 – 21 May, National
The Fundamentals of Fundraising provides a comprehensive overview of the foundations and principles that all arts fundraising and development staff need to know. This workshop is perfect for emerging practitioners who want the basics of arts philanthropy and sponsorship, and established arts workers who want a refresher.

Ethics At Work Workshop
17 May, Sydney

Ethics At Work is a half-day professional training workshop that will equip you with the tools to identify and resolve complex ethical dilemmas. Using practical scenarios and group exercises, you will explore your own personal and organisational objectives and values, the pressures that work against good choices, different decision making styles and how they can be applied to ethical issues.

How to Rule the Music World
26 May, Sydney
In this workshop teachers and students are invited to take a look behind the scenes of the music industry and find out what it takes to become a hit-making songwriter, performer or producer.

High Score: Composition and Sound Art for Gaming
20 May, Melbourne
A one day event dedicated to the art of creating music for games. Across four sessions, leading composers unpack their practices, techniques and styles, and explain how they collaborate with game creators.

BodyTune: Arms Hands Instrument
22 May, Sydney
BodyTune: Arms, Hands, Instrument teaches you about anatomical and biomechanics aspects of arm actions when playing instruments and conducting.

Paul Rissmann, Composer, Pedagogue and Performer
25 May, Adelaide
This talk that will feature Paul Rissmann with other specialists exploring creativity in arts education. Paul Rissmann is a composer, presenter and music educationalist. He currently holds the position of Animateur with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and is Children’s Composer in Residence for Music in the Round.

TSO Australian Composers’ School
Applications close 29 May
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s (TSO) Australian Composers’ School is a unique opportunity to experience an intense week of orchestral composition training. The aim of the Composers’ School is to seek out and develop talented composers who wish to hone their orchestral writing skills.

Australia Council Arts Governance Program
29 May – December, National
This is an opportunity for the leaders of arts organisations to enhance their governance practices through a program tailored specifically to the arts. There are two components of this program- a full day workshop for small-medium organisations, and a webinar series.

I Manage My Music Workshop
3 June, Melbourne
A one day workshop tailored for self-managed artists, held at Music Victoria.

Music NT’s Bush Bands Program
Applications close 8 June
MusicNT’s annual program to support Indigenous musicians is now open for applications.

Pathway to Platform: Making it in the Music Industry
10 June, Sydney
Presented by Music Love, this session is all about the different journeys that have led our four female panellists to success in the music industry and what you can learn from them.

Drum Circle Facilitator Training
29 June – 1 July, Melbourne
Drum Circle Facilitator Training with the Legendary Arthur Hull. This three-day event will empower you to build a rhythm community while exploring the foundational elements of drum circle facilitation.

You’re The Voice
Registrations close 30 June 2017
Event Date 29 July, QLD
You’re The Voice is a pioneering choral project, encouraging Australians to unite their voices and turn the tide on domestic violence. The project will bring together thousands of singers from community, school and professional choirs as well as individuals from across the country to join forces in a monumental musical event.

Australian Composition Seminar
24 or 25 July
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Australian Composition Seminar. Richard Gill, Karen Carey and Andrew Batt-Rawden present an astounding compositional development experience for high school Music 1 and Music 2 students in years 8, 9, 10 and 11. This year the seminar will feature Melbourne’s Plexus ensemble.

Engaging Student with Disability (Creative Learning) Forum
18 – 19 August, Sydney
Exchange information, ideas and inspiration with industry experts and practitioners from the arts and disability network in this interactive two day forum for teachers, support providers and artists. This two day forum will not only fill you with ideas and provide you with skills, but will also incentivise collaborations between artists and schools. This is the forum for those passionate about working with students with disability or for teachers who want to learn some tried and tested technique.

BodyTune: Arms Hands Instrument
21 August, Sydney
BodyTune: Arms, Hands, Instrument teaches you about anatomical and biomechanics aspects of arm actions when playing instruments and conducting.

Geordie Brookman, Artistic Director State Theatre Company In conversation with Nicholas Carter, ASO Principal Conductor
4 September, Adelaide
In this talk Adelaide Symphony Orchestra(ASO) Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter and State Theatre Company Artistic Director Geordie Brookman will speak about how to marry the two art forms.

Industry Connect
Throughout 2017

A new music program bringing music industry professionals to regional Queensland to help anyone interested in building a sustainable career in the music industry.

Cultural Infusion – Music of the Andes
Throughout 2017
This music program sees Inka Marka combine traditional Andean costumes, dance, musical performances and background information to deliver a music education package aimed at students.

Drug Aware YCulture Regional
Throughout 2017
This opportunity offers 12-26 year olds who live in regional Western Australia the chance to fund an arts idea that benefits their community. Projects must promote the Drug Aware message and contribute to the participants improving their artistic skills.

The Place of Music in 21st Century Education
Open Online
What do children need from education now, and in the future? This five module course is not just for classroom or ensemble music educators. It’s suitable for anyone interested in creativity-infused education, in contemporary education issues, and in the integration and use of digital technology.

The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health
Free online Course
The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health explores personal and community health and wellness strategies using visual arts mediums. Each online module showcases the applied use of creative visual practices. The short course run by the University of Tasmania is designed to introduce you to a range of practices that promote focus and connectedness to ourselves, our relationships and the world around us.


The Arts Units Learning Hub
Throughout 2017
The Arts Unit Learning Hub is a new online professional development platform for teachers across arts and literacy. It is free to all det and edu email holders and access can also be granted to other members of the education community on application.

Folk Music:
Australia Folk Blogspot – A terrific resource for folk enthusiasts  

Contemporary Music:
Anatomy Music Focused Podcast
– A collection of podcasts on Australian contemporary artist and music industry issues

Industry Advice:
Beyond the Stage Podcast

3MBS and Susan de Weger present Beyond the Stage podcast, 30 minute interviews with highly trained musicians who have built successful careers in law, medicine, business and social enterprise. These podcasts will share career stories on how music education is a unique and valuable training for career success in any industry.

Australian Audio Guide
A collaborative endeavour by The Wheeler Centre and Audiocraft, the Australian Audio Guide collates podcasts and radio programs on a variety of topics – food, live storytelling, arts and culture, nature and place, sound art, music, parenting, social issues, and the list goes on. The guide celebrates audio creations with regular interviews, features and listening suggestions.


Music Talks

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Music in Communities

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Music: Count Us In

MA Illustration Hands Education Australia’s biggest school music program!

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